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Department of Geography Social Geography and Urban Studies

Social Geography and Urban Studies

Our group traces the transformation of cities and urban societies from a socio-cultural perspective: We explore urban space as an arena for the construction of social relations and divisions; we document how people navigate urban space, negotiate difference and shape possibilities; and we examine how such negotiations are patterned by socio-spatial divisions, politico-economic relations and power at multiple scales. In particular, the social and cultural geography group develops research on urban marginalization, global socio-spatial inequalities and possibilities for urban change. We incorporate different theoretical perspectives including postcolonial approaches, critical urban theories and feminist thought to explore case studies across the global North and South.

Weiterführende Informationen


  • The Home-Debt Nexus: A new SNSF research project

    Erandi Barroso and Hanna Hilbrandt in collaboration with Luis Salinas (UNAM), Veronica Gago (UBA), and Adriana Hurtado (UANDES) has been granted a new SNSF-SPIRIT entitled «The Home-Debt Nexus: Feminist perspectives on housing, gender, and everyday life in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Bogotá”

  • Teaching Turned Upside Down

    In the “City without Papers” project, geography students collaboratively investigate undocumented migrants’ precarious living conditions. This new type of teaching format is devoted to addressing current questions in urban studies research and in the process challenges traditional roles in science and teaching.

  • Adela Petrovic's Transient Doctoral Research Journey at SURB

    Delving into the complexities of gentrification dynamics and urban transformation processes, Adela Petrovic embarks on a six-month doctoral research stay at SURB in February 2024.

Upcoming events

Forschungswerkstatt Sozialgeographie und Stadtforschung

Zurich Human Geography Colloquium (ZHGK)